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2014 Pro Bowl Roster: 5 Reasons Alshon Jeffery Deserved More Votes

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Five Reasons Why Alshon Jeffery Deserved More Votes

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With the Pro Bowl rosters already revealed, there are several players that were left off the game that many NFL players look forward to.

Guys like Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno were probably viable options to take a trip to Hawaii, but weren’t among the selected elements to participate in the contest. The biggest snub, however, was the absence of Alshon Jeffery.

The Chicago Bears’ receiver is having what’s arguably the best season of his career and an argument could be made that he is the No. 1 scoring option on a team that also has Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall heavily involved in the passing game. With one game left in the season, Jeffery has already topped the 100-yard mark five times and has more than 1,300 total receiving yards in the campaign.

And even though his numbers are good, his ability to make things happen near the end zone has been almost unmatched in the NFL. He has clearly been a top receiver this year and even though the players that were selected all have merits to take part in the contest – guys like Josh Gordon and Dez Bryant have clearly been among the best receivers, just to give an example – Jeffery should have gotten more love from the fans to make a trip to Hawaii.

There are several arguments to explain why Jeffery should have ended playing in Hawaii, so without further ado, please join me through this slideshow as we check five reasons why the Bears’ wideout should have been selected for the Pro Bowl.

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5. Growth Throughout The Season

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Alshon Jeffery has grown from being a serviceable target to a top-end receiver in his second year in the NFL. He has seen a ridiculous increase in his targets, receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, and with everything he has shown throughout the season, an argument could’ve been made to give him a trip to Hawaii.

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4. Better Than Some Players Chosen

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Is DeMaryius Thomas really better than Jeffery? The Denver Broncos’ receiver probably put up a huge season only because he had some guy named Peyton Manning throwing him the football and the league's best offense needed to be represented by, at least, one receiver. However Jeffery, on the other hand, put up a good season with some solid in a year where the Bears employed two different quarterbacks.

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3. More Decisive Than Brandon Marshall

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Even though Brandon Marshall has more touchdown and receptions, the fact that Jeffery has more total yards and averages more yards per reception shows that he’s able to make things happen all over the field. Both can be decisive for the Bears, but the playmaking ability of Jeffery should’ve been selected over the red-zone talent of Marshall.

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2. 2013 Stats

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Even though Jeffery is only in his second year, he already has more than 1,300 yards in the season; he’s close to having 90 receptions and has found the end zone seven times already in a year where he was the No. 2 receiver when Jay Cutler stayed under center. He has career highs in every single offensive statistic and while that doesn’t tell the whole story, he would’ve been a joy to watch in the game.

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1. Highlight Plays In The End Zone

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No player has made more highlight catches than Jeffery this season. Most of his touchdowns have been scored in a spectacular way and his talent to make things happen in the most amazing fashion is the main reason why he should’ve been selected. Ultimately, the Pro Bowl is a show for the fans and the offensive spark produced by Jeffery will be missed surely.